The Seawolf track & field team has begun its first ever season of indoor competition. The ‘Wolves started with a bang, too, notching 10 provisional qualifying times at the University of Washington Invitational.
Three Alaska Anchorage track & field members were recognized for their performances at the event. Senior distance runner Micah Chelimo, sophomore decathlete Cody Thomas, and senior distance runner Susan Tanui were all named GNAC Red Lion Track and Field Athletes of The Week.
Chelimo had an especially notable outing, setting a GNAC record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:14.15.
The Seawolves’ men and women’s distance medley relay squads both set provisional times, with the men running the third-fastest time in league history.
The men’s team features the aforementioned Chelimo, senior sprinter Ethan Hewitt, freshman distance runner Joe Day, and senior middle distance runner Alfred Kangogo.
The women’s relay unit is made up of Tanui, junior middle distance runner Ivy O’Guinn, junior hurdler Haleigh Lloyd, and junior middle distance runner Susan Bick.
UAA athletic director, Dr. Steve Cobb, has talked about how the school’s participation in indoor will give their recruiting a boost. The additional events make the Seawolves more attractive to young prospects.
And waiting until the track & field program was strong enough to take on the extra events appears to have been the right move.
The Seawolves’ plunge into indoor competition is coming at a great time. Last year’s team placed third and second in the men and women’s GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and most of that group is still at UAA.
Eight Seawolves were dubbed All-Americans for the 2012 outdoor season. Of those eight, only one – heptathlete Kelsea Johnson – is no longer on the team.
The abundance of talent was obvious in the team’s opening meet. And because of that talent, the Seawolves are in a great position to make a lot of noise in their first year of indoor.
The Seawolves will fly out to Seattle, WA this week to compete Friday and Saturday in the Husky Classic.